Fires wane as monsoonal rains drench drought areas – The Denver Post

Greatly assisted by daily monsoonal rains, firefighters on Thursday will be shoring up and extending fire lines on more than a dozen active wildfires that have been burning across Colorado the past two months.

On Thursday the number of active wildfires in Colorado dropped to 14 and containment has increased on virtually every fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

“Rain always helps our cause. Things are going well,” said Jesse Borden, spokeswoman for the Spring Creek fire, the largest active wildfire in Colorado.

Another round of rain could help firefighters, but could also hurt, Borden said. Too much rain could hinder the mobility of heavy equipment in mud and trigger flooding in burn areas.

“We want to see a little bit of rain, but we don’t want to get dumped on,” Borden said.

Here’s an overview of the largest active wildfires in the state:

SPRING CREEK FIRE

Containment of Colorado’s largest wildfire has grown to 83 percent. Higher humidity levels and rain showers have allowed for a steady increase in containment.

The fire is more dormant after the rains and is creeping slowly in a northwest direction.

The human-caused wildfire, which is five miles northeast of Fort Garland, is just under 108,000 acres in size. It is the third largest wildfire in Colorado history. It destroyed at least 132 homes and damaged another 119 homes.

The number of people fighting the fire dropped to less than 1,500 people, about 200 fewer than the number previously tasked to the fire.

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